The men’s 5,000m was full of drama both during the race and afterwards. Mo Farah of Great Britain crossed in first but there were three disqualifications including American Paul Chelimo who finished second. Mo Ahmed, who originally finished fifth, was also disqualified.
However, Chelimo and Ahmed have been reinstated. Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris is still listed as a DQ. With Edris still off the results page, Ahmed sits in fourth, which is the third such placing that Canada had on Saturday. The women’s 4x400m relay team and Melissa Bishop (800m) finished fourth in their events.
Ahmed’s placing is better than any other Canadian before him in the men’s 5,000m at the Olympics. The 25-year-old ran 13:05.94, just off of his Canadian record. The previous best finish by a Canadian in an Olympic 5,000m was Alex Decoteau in 1908 as he finished eighth.
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) August 21, 2016
The early pace was hot in the race as the Ethiopian team tried to make the race fast to take the sting out of Farah’s legs. Generally, when the pace is slow, Farah can outkick anyone in the world so runners are advised to avoid that strategy. Fortunately, for Farah, the pace slowed and he was able to pull off the win.
The British athlete repeats as both the 5,000m and 10,000m champion from the London Olympics in 2012. He has become one of the most dominant long-distance runners in history. Chelimo, a Kenyan-born America, finished second in a rather surprising result. Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia finished third.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 21, 2016
All the DQs were originally for rule 163.3b, which deals with stepping inside the inner line of the track.
Editor’s note: This article has been revised to reflect the latest results.
|2||3057||Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMO||USA||13:03.90||PB|
|7||2175||Albert Kibichii ROP||BRN||13:08.79|
|8||3015||Joshua Kiprui CHEPTEGEI||UGA||13:09.17|
|2393||Muktar EDRIS||ETH||DQ R 163.3b|